Noting that 2019 will mark 40 years of conflict in Afghanistan, the United Nations Children’s Fund says 2018 has been especially challenging. A spike in violence, unprecedented drought and poverty has taken a disproportionate toll on children: 5,000 were killed or maimed in the first three quarters, compared to all of 2017.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says today that, three months after the violence started in Nicaragua, an estimated 280 people have died and 1,830 have been injured, in violence overwhelmingly perpetrated by the State and by pro-Government armed elements. Those killed include at least 19 police officers.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the arrival of migrants in Italy — the most active route for those leaving North Africa for Europe — hit a five-year low: 5,247 for the first two months of 2018, versus some 13,000 for the same period last year. IOM attributed the drop, in part, to voluntary humanitarian returns from detention centres in Libya.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees warned today that a extraordinary humanitarian disaster is about to hit south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, as the Province of Tanganyika plunges further into violence, triggering spiralling displacement and human rights abuses.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres departed New York on 20 June, flying via Brussels to Entebbe, Uganda. He then travelled to Kampala by road on Wednesday evening, 21 June.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that the announcement of an end to famine conditions in South Sudan this week should not distract from the fact that severe food insecurity continues to put the lives of millions of children at risk in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria.
Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees, in Kampala, Uganda, today:
The Secretariat has concluded a review of the deployment of uniformed personnel from the Republic of Congo in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA. It found that the nature and extent of existing allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse point to systemic problems in command and control.
The Secretary-General welcomed the return of calm in Côte d’Ivoire following the unacceptable acts of violence committed by soldiers of the Forces Armées de Côte d’Ivoire over the past few days. He commends the Government of Côte d’Ivoire for its efforts to address the unrest and restore security.
The new Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations, Adonia Ayebare, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres today.
The Acting Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic yesterday called on parties to the conflict in the Ouaka and Haute-Kotto provinces to respect international humanitarian law. He also urged them to honour their commitment to protect civilians and to fulfil their human rights obligations.